Japanese Prisoners of War by Phillip Towle, Margaret Kosuge, Yoichi Kibata

By Phillip Towle, Margaret Kosuge, Yoichi Kibata

During the second one global conflict the japanese have been stereotyped within the ecu and American mind's eye as fanatical, merciless and virtually inhuman. This view is unhistorical and simplistic. It fails to recognize that the japanese have been performing at a time of preferrred nationwide challenge and it fails to take account in their personal old culture. The essays in eastern Prisoners of battle, through either Western and eastern students, discover the query from a balanced standpoint, taking a look at it within the mild of longer-term impacts, significantly the japanese try and determine themselves as an honorary white race. The booklet additionally addresses the opposite facet of the query, taking a look at the remedy of jap prisoners in Allied captivity.

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Van Rennan was later executed for escaping from camp, Braddon, Naked Island, p. 136. Kenneth Harrison, The Brave Japanese (London, 1967), pp. 119-23. For Japanese defence of the use of torture see Colin Sleeman and S. C. Silkin, Trial of Sumida Haruzo and Twenty Others (London, 1951), p. 226. 36 Walter Irvine Summons, Twice Their Prisoner (Melbourne, 1946), p. 114 and 165. 37 On attempts by the Korean guards to encourage POWs to escape see G. Pharaoh Adams, No Time for Geishas (London, 1973), p.

The Allies estimated that some 200,000 had been killed at Nanking alone. When Singapore was taken, British soldiers were forced to bury the bodies of those murdered: they marched us out on work parties to the beaches near Changi. There, lying grotesquely entangled in rolls of barbed wire, were hundreds of bodies of Chinese men [civilians], women and even youngsters of all ages. Their hands were still bound together on long ropes. They had been herded together into the water, and then either shot or bayoneted.

35 Brutality also prevented Allied prisoners of war escaping and made them work for their captors. The prisoners knew that they would be executed if they tried to escape. The Malays and other civilians were equally aware that their villages would be obliterated if they gave the slightest sign of assisting escapers. 36 The Japanese on their side realised that the tens of thousands of European, American and Australian soldiers who had surrendered might try to escape but they had few guards to contain them because they wished to use their best soldiers for the wars in Burma, China and elsewhere.

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